Digital Discernment

Narcissism

I recently had a discussion with a friend about Facebook and why I’m not on it. Before I go any further I must admit that I sometimes will go on my wifes page to see what all the fuss is about. I think Facebook and all the other social media can be a great way to connect with relatives out-of-town to catch up with each other or any organization trying to unite people, but still I can’t bring myself to the self-promotion, self-pity and look at what I’m doing today way of life.

I believe if you are a Christian you are doing one of two thing on social media.

  1. Glorifying SELF!
  2. Glorifying God and Jesus Christ as Lord!

The following is from Pulpit Post and John MacArthur

Dr. John MacArthurIf there is one word that perhaps best describes social media it is this: self-promotion… When so much about social media panders to pride and shameless self-exaltation, believers need to think about their motives before they jump on the bandwagon. If the goal is simply popularity or personal promotion, it’s time to do a heart check. Our celebrity-driven culture craves for notoriety. But Christians are called to be different. We have died to ourselves. Thus, our concern should not be, “How many people can I get to follow me?” but rather, “How can I bear witness to the wonder of following Christ?”

[With all its benefits] social networking can also be abused. When it consists of nothing more than random babblings and personal monologues, it can become self-centered, unrestrained and narcissistic. When it consumes our lives, it can be addictive and controlling. Used unwisely, it is filled with potential pitfalls and temptations. For those who follow Christ, we are called to submit every area of our lives to His lordship – including how we use social media.

As believers, the command of Ephesians 5:15-16 is just as binding upon our modern lives as it was in the non-technological world of the first century. “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Paul’s exhortation has massive implications for how we interact with social media. One day we will stand before Christ to give an account for how we used His resources (including our time and energy). With that in mind, how much of this life can be justifiably devoted to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the like? Just a few hours each day, over the course of a lifetime, adds up to years of wasted opportunity.

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

“Thus, our concern should not be,
How many people can I get to follow or friend me?”

BUT,

 “How can I bear witness to
the wonder of following Christ?”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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  1. Wendy

    I agree and I do not have Facebook, it would just be one more battle for me that I don’t need.

  2. Wendy Amen, I totally agree with you.

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